I totally dig Jesus, full stop!! I love that He’s the friend to sinners, heals blindness, confronts religious insanity, loves fallen people, multiplies provisions and heaps more! But what stops me in my tracks is when I see His humanity.
This morning, I read about Jesus in Gethsemane when He tells Peter, James and John that His soul is deeply grieved to the point of death (Matt 26:38). And Gethsemane was on the heels of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, where Jesus wept. This reminds me of Jesus being tired from His journey in John 4, where He takes a pause by a water well in Samaria and strikes up a transforming conversation with the very broken Samaritan woman. And there’s also the time when He was sleeping in the boat when His disciples were freaked out by a massive storm on the Sea of Galilee.
In these common human experiences such as grief, sleep, being tired and weeping, it helps me know that Jesus has walked in human skin. Jesus is Incarnate God: fully God as though He were not man & fully man as though He were not God. I can appreciate that it’s difficult to wrap our finite minds around how that works, but let’s be grateful that Genuine Love walks with us in our daily living and is compassionate with our human existence.